CoastLine

CoastLine​, a call-in, variety news show airs Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12pm - 1pm on WHQR.

Every week, we’ll look into issues that matter in the Cape Fear Region. Host Rachel Lewis Hilburn will interview expert guests and invite you to join the conversation.

Tell us what topics you would like discussed on CoastLine. Email thoughts and suggestions to coastline@whqr.org.  

You can now subscribe to our CoastLine podcast on iTunes. Search WHQR-FM: CoastLine to hear our most recent shows. 

Remember, this is a LIVE broadcast so please call or email comments and questions to:

CoastLine phone:  910.343.1138 

Email:  coastline@whqr.org

Ways to Connect

Wake N Bake Donuts

When was the last time you visited a locally-owned restaurant that didn’t offer some regionally-sourced ingredient?  Some would say the farm-to-table phenomenon is a full-blown element of the North Carolina restaurant landscape – along with the explosion of craft beer, cocktails, and boutique donuts.  Wilmington boasts a foodie scene – in spite of serious challenges facing new restaurateurs. 

University of North Carolina Wilmington

UPDATE: 8/26, 4:49 pm: an earlier version of this story contained the wrong audio for Segment 2, below.

It was last summer that the University of North Carolina at Wilmington said goodbye to Chancellor Gary Miller who left for the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay after three years at UNCW.  This summer, the Board of Trustees announced that Jose “Zito” Sartarelli would officially take the helm July 1st.

Cape Fear Community College

Since the ouster of former president Ted Spring early this year, public interest in the financial workings of Cape Fear Community College has spiked.  At least one local news organization, WECT, has been doggedly pursuing the details of performers’ contracts signed with CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center – which kicks off its inaugural season this fall.  

The North Carolina State Auditor’s office recently released an investigative report examining Cape Fear Community College’s finances.  This came after months of media scrutiny and the sudden resignation of the College President during a January Board meeting. 

While the spending of government officials is still under a microscope, locally and nationally, investigations are also ramping up at the state level. 

City of Wilmington

Laura Padgett is poised to leave behind more than 20 years of public service.  She was first elected to Council in 1993. After five terms, she has decided against seeking a sixth and will step down at the end of the year.

For most residents in the Cape Fear region, a daily bus ride is not a typical part of the day.  There are significantly more people who drive their own vehicles than those who opt for public transportation.  There are some choice riders, but most of the people who use WAVE Transit on a regular basis use it because they need it.

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Counties across North Carolina could soon be required to cover the entire cost of recycling electronics.  It's just one provision in the Regulatory Reform Act of 2015 that could create an unplanned hole in the budget for New Hanover County’s Department of Environmental Management.

How often have you wondered whether to toss a soda bottle into the recycling bin with or without the cap?  Do you rinse out food containers before you recycle them?  And what do you do with all those plastic grocery bags?

Wood pellets.  They’re a simple idea, but their potential implications are far more complicated and controversial. 

CoastLine: Retiree Entrepreneurship

Jul 16, 2015

Baby Boomers are once again leading a new trend: retiree entrepreneurship. Instead of giving up work at 60, they’re starting new careers based on their expertise and hobbies. This activity is especially evident in areas like the Cape Fear region, where many retired entrepreneurs have joined others in making a new lifestyle. We explore post-retirement work, especially starting new businesses, on today’s CoastLine.

Guests:

By Brian Gratwicke, via Wikimedia Commons

The North Carolina coast has seen eight shark attacks so far this season.  Summer is not half over.  It’s a record-setting number.  And a chilling one for most people. 

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Did you know that the great jazz singer and bandleader Cab Calloway has played Wilmington? 

NPR

When a shark (or sharks) seriously injures two young swimmers near a local beach, a new company announces plans to provide a significant spike in jobs, or a community group demands the Confederate flag be banned in the county, it’s local reporters that bring you those stories. 

In this edition of CoastLine, we talk with two key players on the local news scene. 

CoastLine June 17, 2015: Exploring our World

Jun 22, 2015
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Anthropologist Monroe Fisher's African trail was called one of the "world’s best hikes" by the National Geographic. His new project, Carolina Rivers, has begun documenting 32 rivers of North and South Carolina. He was our our guest on CoastLine on June 17th, 2015.

The term “Ebonics” was coined in the early 1970s as a way of describing language patterns used by some African Americans. 

You know her as NPR’s senior political commentator, joining Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne on Morning Edition most Mondays to discuss politics. 

By the year 2060, the United States will have no clear racial majority. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on May 20, 2015.

New Hanover County is seeing a rise in the number of children in need of foster homes. 

While the reasons for the increase aren’t clear, public officials are taking another look at services for kids who have been removed from their family homes because of abuse or neglect.   There is also legislation on the table that would divert more funding to prevent kids coming out of foster care from heading straight into homelessness. 

National Institute on Aging

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on May 13, 2015. 

The onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be one of the more terrifying aspects of growing older.  

While the risk of cognitive impairment increases with age, it is not considered a normal part of the aging process. 

The Williston Alumni Choir Celebrates Their Centennial

Jun 5, 2015

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on May 6, 2015. 

Check out some of the photos from a gorgeous performance by the Williston Alumni Choir. They sang their hearts out and we couldn't be more thankful for their time and talent!

Wilmington Downtown Inc.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 29, 2015. 

There’s good economic news today: unemployment is down slightly, and Wilmington has earned another accolade:  a San Francisco-based financial planning website named it the second-best city in the nation to start a business.

The development of the Cape Fear region – which includes Pender and Brunswick Counties – is all about coordinated strategy.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 22, 2015. 

It was just one week ago that Governor Pat McCrory testified in front of the House subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources about oil and gas exploration off the North Carolina coast. 

Natalie Maynor

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 15, 2015. 

A new culture of foodies and environmentalists has popularized the notion of organic, locally-sourced food. 

And as the foodie community grows in the region, so does the divergence between the people who can afford to make healthier, more sustainable choices, and the people who suffer from food insecurity – which can mean not knowing where the next meal is coming from – or having to choose between paying an electric bill and buying food. 

Town of North Topsail Beach

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 8, 2015. 

Keeping beautiful beaches beautiful, protecting homes and public infrastructure from an encroaching ocean -- these are the challenges that have faced beach communities since people started building on them. 

One important tool for managing a shoreline is beach renourishment – pumping sand onto a beach that is eroding. 

H. Bell

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 1, 2015. 

Will lilacs or peonies grow in the Cape Fear region?  Is Pampas Grass a good landscaping idea?  

Spring is here as we observe greenish-yellow pollen on cars, roadways, and around the edges of local retention ponds. 

April 1st is also the first official day of Ozone Season.  That's when state and local governments begin daily air quality forecasts in metropolitan areas across North Carolina.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 25, 2015. 

The clothesline:  it’s an old-fashioned, even quaint, installation that’s fading from modern culture, but the metaphor it offers is the centerpiece of a new show called The Clothesline Muse playing Kenan Auditorium this Saturday. 

Library of Congress

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 18, 2015. 

March is Womens’ History Month.  

This month doesn’t share the longevity of, say, Black History Month. 

It wasn’t until 1981 that Congress passed a resolution asking the President to proclaim one week in March as “Women’s History Week."  Over the next five years, Congress passed annual resolutions designating "Women’s History Week." 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 11, 2015. 

Terminal groins are hardened structures designed to control the movement of sand and slow erosion on beaches. 

Until just a few years ago, these structures were not legal in North Carolina.  But in 2011, the Legislature lifted the ban to allow four such structures – along with a host of caveats. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 4, 2015. 

This January, a jury convicted a Wilmington man of two counts of transporting young women across state lines with the intent to force them into prostitution.  

Last September, a different Wilmington man was sentenced to more than eleven years behind bars for the sex trafficking of minors.  Two men were arrested last August for kidnapping underage girls and forcing them to work. 

Human trafficking is alive and well in southeastern North Carolina.  

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